President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, has expressed his delight at the performance of his team on the Continent saying he was never disappointed in the performance of his team.
Dr Ubah said these on his team’s return from Egypt on Monday. “It was a nice experience and we give God the glory for everything. In football sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t get it right. Even the clubs in Europe, Manchester United, Chelsea and others
“Sometimes they make it, sometimes they don’t. I am not disappointed with our game for us to get to the last minute and got beaten by a penalty shoot-out says a lot about my team” he said.
Speaking further on the positive for other Nigerian teams still on the continent he has a strong word for the Nigerian football fraternity on the way to approach a continental game.
“One thing I’m going to advice Nigerian teams playing the CAF Competition is that we must unite to support our own. Even when Al-Masry were not playing in their own stadium, they moved from Port Said to Ismaily but the minister was there, every important personality in government were there.
“To the point that we couldn’t even get a seat to seat. All over 300 seats were occupied by VVIP. Our Ambassador, head of delegation, Otunba Dele Ajayi including myself President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah could not get a seat. Such thing doesn’t happen in Nigeria. You need to see the crowd and even the penalty that was awarded was not even a penalty.
In football, I don’t believe in over complaining. A game is played man to man, 90 minutes we were equal and during the penalty shootout we lost. Here we won our FA Cup triumph by penalties. Some days you win by penalty, some day’s you lose. So we are moving on with our team.
He was however bitter with the antics of the Egyptians who deployed various means to intimidate their opponent in Egypt, why do I need to report? It is the duty of NFF head of delegation, to go further and tell the Federation our ordeal in Ismaily. We were kept in the bus for over one hour and half. They didn’t want any of our officials to come into the pitch, they wanted to use that to frustrate us according to the people who understand Arabic.
We had to only train for 10 minutes on the match day, when we were supposed to train at least 30 minutes before the game. It’s not the day of complaining. We had the experience, if on our own we do much to beat them with enough goals before we travelled the story may be different.
We understand the kind of hostile support we got from the fans. I want to thank the Egyptian police. Because half of the field was kept empty. Because they didn’t want the crowd to over run the whole pitch. There’s a kind of torch light they have, almost everyone that came to the stadium had it. Even the match commissioner was just dumb founded. We made several complains to him.
CAF represent almost 90% of African football, so who are we to talk to lament but in all it was a good venture for my team and I am glad I witnessed it am grateful and I know we need to work hard more to return to the continent again next season,” he concluded.